Representative Lisa Cutter (she/her/hers)
Colorado State Representative for House District 25
Candidate for State Senate in Senate District 20
Karen Bartlett (she/her/hers)
Kite & Dart Group and Now & Center Podcast
Occupation: Colorado State Representative for House District 25 and Candidate for State Senate in Senate District 20
Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) I care about all of it but have focused my work on achieving Zero Waste. I love Colorado and the natural beauty we live in, and I’m passionate about protecting our lands and resources. I believe in being a good steward of our environment, which includes curtailing our product consumption and thoughtfully disposing of our waste. Reducing plastic consumption and improving recycling (keeping things out of landfills!) can make a huge difference in our battle against climate change.
What interests / excites you most about being involved in sustainability? I love working with like-minded people to do something to make the world better. Protecting our resources and our environment is foundational – enjoying nature and having clean air and water sustains us, contributing to our physical and mental health.
Finish this statement: I CARE Because … because if the earth can no longer sustain life we will have nothing. We are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, from wildly unpredictable weather to rising ocean levels and raging wildfires. These are life and death issues – especially for marginalized populations. In addition, many are already experiencing significant stress anxiety about climate change. I love the beautiful world we live in, and am driven to help preserve and protect it for future generations.
What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others? Use refill stores for dish, laundry and hand soap, and reuse every plastic bag possible – including bags from pre-cut veggies and bread. Purchase bamboo cutlery and keep it in your purse or car!
What are you most excited about when it comes to being a Women in Sustainability Member? I am the co-chair of the Colorado Democratic Women’s Caucus and I have seen what amazing things can be accomplished when women support each other. Women share a unique perspective and often have to navigate entrenched gender dynamics in the workplace. These challenges inform how we work together and influence the decisions we make. I love working with and learning from powerful, passionate women to create change!
Occupation: Entrepreneurial Activist | JEDI-Informed Business Growth Strategist | Leadership Consultant + Facilitator | Educator – – Kite + Dart Group | Ascension Energetics | Now & Center Podcast
Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) I don’t have a specific area of sustainability that interests me the most, as I believe ALL areas are intricately tied together and cannot be separated. I’d also add that I’m very passionate about the social aspects of sustainability.
Finish this statement: I CARE Because … because it matters. I’m deeply committed to creating a world that is loving and affirming to all life, and where there is both environmental and social justice. All life is connected, and because of this, nobody is truly liberated until we are all liberated. So, if we’re ever going to live in the kind of world I want to live in, it will take all of us caring, all of us transforming how we walk on this planet.
What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others? Using microfiber clothes, water, and homemade cleaning products to clean my house; taking reusable collapsible containers to restaurants to pack any leftovers in to bring home; using cloth napkins, handkerchiefs, etc. to limit paper products.
What are you most excited about when it comes to being a Women in Sustainability Member? I’m most excited about the community of like-minded people that care about the things I care about. Sometimes the challenges we’re facing feel very big and insurmountable, and it’s very comforting to know there are others who care as deeply as I do and are taking action. Also, I get to learn about more ways I can have an impact and the ways others are having an impact.